Wilderness Explorer

Former name: Spirit of Discovery

Wilderness Explorer last position

Wilderness Explorer last location was at North America West Coast (coordinates 47.65827 N / -122.38166 W) cruising en route to SHILSHOLE. The AIS position was reported 2 months ago.

All Itineraries Current Position

Current itinerary of Wilderness Explorer

Wilderness Explorer current cruise is 14 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Sitka. Prices start from USD 8186 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 16 May, 2020 and ends on 30 May, 2020.

Date / TimePort
16 May    Departing from Ketchikan, Revillagigedo Island, Alaska hotels
17 May    Misty Fjords, Alaska
18 May    Misty Fjords, Alaska
19 May    Wrangell, Alaska
20 May    Wrangell Narrows, Alaska
20 May    Thomas Bay, Alaska
21 May    Stephens Passage, Alaska
21 May    Port Houghton Bay, Alaska
22 May    Endicott Arm Fjord, Alaska
23 May    Juneau, Alaska
24 May    Lynn Canal, Alaska
25 May    Glacier Bay, Alaska
25 May    Glacier Bay, Alaska
25 May    South Marble Island, Alaska
26 May    Icy Strait Point, Hoonah, Alaska
27 May    Chichagof Island, Alaska
27 May    Peril Strait, Alaska
28 May    Sergius Narrows, Alaska
28 May    Neva Strait, Alaska
29 May    Krestof Sound, Alaska
29 May    Nakwasina Sound, Alaska
30 May    Arriving in Sitka, Baranof Island, Alaska hotels

Specifications of Wilderness Explorer

Year built1976  /  Age : 44
Flag state USA
BuilderEastern Shipbuilding Group (Panama City, Florida USA)
Classice-strengthened expedition ship
OwnerInnerSea Discoveries Alaska Inc
OperatorUnCruise Adventures
Speed11 kn / 20 kph / 13 mph
Length (LOA)57 m / 187 ft
Beam (width)11 m / 36 ft
Gross Tonnage910 gt
Passengers74 - 84
Crew26
Passengers-to-space ratio12
Decks3
Cabins37
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2012
Former namesSpirit of Discovery
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Wilderness Explorer Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2020 May 09 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4197
2020 May 16 14 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Sitka Ketchikan $8186
2020 May 16 7 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4205
2020 May 23 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $4403
2020 May 30 14 days, one-way from Sitka to Ketchikan Sitka $8204
2020 May 30 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $4387
2020 Jun 06 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4202
2020 Jun 13 14 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Sitka Ketchikan $8948
2020 Jun 13 7 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4201
2020 Jun 20 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $5202
2020 Jun 27 14 days, one-way from Sitka to Ketchikan Sitka $9402
2020 Jun 27 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $5199
2020 Jul 04 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4695
2020 Jul 11 14 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Sitka Ketchikan $9391
2020 Jul 11 7 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4688
2020 Jul 18 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $5195
2020 Jul 25 14 days, one-way from Sitka to Ketchikan Sitka $9387
2020 Jul 25 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $5205
2020 Aug 01 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4703
2020 Aug 08 14 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Sitka Ketchikan $9397
2020 Aug 08 7 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4699
2020 Aug 15 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Sitka Juneau $5185
2020 Aug 22 14 days, one-way from Sitka to Ketchikan Sitka $8948
2020 Aug 22 7 days, one-way from Sitka to Juneau Sitka $5189
2020 Aug 29 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $4192
2020 Sep 05 7 days, one-way from Ketchikan to Juneau Ketchikan $4190
2020 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Alaskas Glacier Country Cruise Juneau $3800
2020 Sep 19 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $3194
2020 Sep 26 7 days, one-way from Juneau to Ketchikan Juneau $3193

Wilderness Explorer Review

Review of Wilderness Explorer

In 2012, MS Wilderness Explorer joined the UnCruise Adventures fleet as the company's 3rd expedition ship. Originally built in 1976 by “Eastern Shipbuilding” as the 86-passenger “Spirit of Discovery” (for Cruise West), the boat was extensively renovated in 2012 in order to cruise on Alaska-Glacier Bay itineraries. Like all UnCruise ships, Wilderness Explorer is US-flagged and crewed.

History - construction and ownership

The 910-ton, 74-passenger ship Wilderness Explorer cruises in Southeast Alaska during summer months. Ship’s hull design and her shallow draft allow easy access to Alaska’s wildlife and a variety of adventure excursions. Each Un-Cruise Adventures’ ship navigates together with a fishing boat that is fully-equipped.

Wilderness Explorer cruise ship

Un-Cruise Adventures (formerly American Safari Cruises) is an USA-based, wholly-owned cruise company, a subsidiary of InnerSea Discoveries Alaska. In 2013, the American Safari Cruises line was renamed to "Un-Cruise Adventures". Currently, the company has 2 headquarters - main headquarters in Seattle WA and second in Juneau AK.

Cruise itinerary program

MS Wilderness Explorer schedule calendar includes Alaska small ship cruises departing from Juneau, Ketchikaand Sitka.

Cabins

Wilderness Explorer has 3 passenger decks and only 37 cabins, all of which are Oceanview. The cabin grades number is 3. Wilderness Explorer has a lounge that is much larger than the one on board the other Un-Cruise Adventures’ vessels. The staterooms, even though the same size, feel much bigger.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Meals onboard the Wilderness Explorer are served buffet-style at set times. Soda, juice and lemonade are included in the cruise price. The pastry chef guarantees guests will replenish calories quickly.

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Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Wilderness Explorer has a Spa area with sauna, massage room, fitness equipment and a hot tub. The ship also features a Lounge, Bar (Douglas fir) and Library. The Un-Cruise Explorer ship easily visits areas that larger ships cannot and offers adventure equipment including paddle boards, kayaks, inflatable skiffs, hydrophone and underwater camera (linked to yacht’s lounge and stateroom TVs).

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In 2012, the Wilderness Explorer ship became the 3rd expedition cruise ship in the fleet of the Un-Cruise company. Originally built for the Cruise West line (as the 86-passenger MV Spirit of Discovery), the vessel was extensively renovated to accommodate 76 passengers on Alaska Glacier Bay cruise itineraries between Sitka and Juneau.

Wilderness Explorer features a larger lounge compared the other Un-Cruise ships. Its passenger cabins, even though with the same footage, feel bigger. 

All Un-Cruise ships have navy blue coloured hulls. The Explorer ship is a great choice for those who like expedition-style Alaska cruising and activities, combined with onboard luxury amenities. The other Un-Cruise "Wilderness" ships are Discoverer and Adventurer.

Wilderness Explorer is a typical expedition cruise ship equipped with paddle boards and kayaks; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles. The ship also has a hydrophone (for below water surface sounds) and underwater camera (real-time images are displayed on all the TVs onboard).

Together with some of its fleet mates, this ship was formerly owned and operated as "Spirit of Discovery" by the Cruise West line (1973-2010, now defunct). Based in Seattle WA (USA), at its peak Cruise West had a fleet of 9 small ships (capacity between 78 and 138 passengers). They operated on cruise itineraries in Alaska, British Columbia and also in the Pacific Ocean (Sea of Cortes, Panama, South Pacific islands, East Asia and Russia). The line ceased operations in September 2010.

From the former Cruise West fleet are also the ships Spirit of Columbia (Baranof Dream), Spirit of Alaska (Admiralty Dream), Spirit of Glacier Bay (Chichagof Dream), Spirit of Endeavour (Safari Endeavour), Spirit of ’98 (Safari Legacy, now SS Legacy), Spirit of Yorktown (Americana).

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